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Poster: maxborn Date: Jun 20, 2004 4:26pm
Forum: sflan Subject: Re: hardware

Thanks, I have access to some old laptop motherboards each with two PCMCIA slots.

I wonder if I could make use of these?

What kind of cards are in the box in the picture?

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or Staffakb Date: Jun 20, 2004 11:50pm
Forum: sflan Subject: Re: hardware

A laptop will work though not as well as the one in the picture. You won't be able to power it over ethernet, if you want to put it on your roof you'll need a big box and probably a sizable fan to keep it cool, and it has moving parts so is less reliable. However, many people do use laptops and PCs for this type of project. There are more and more CD based distributions that work out of the box and its not too hard to do the software setup yourself if you're interested in learning how to do it.

I believe the cards are Senao 200mw.

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Poster: Matt Westervelt Date: Jul 8, 2004 4:42pm
Forum: sflan Subject: Re: hardware

If you're looking to get a node up fast, and don't feel comfortable sticking that laptop on the roof (you probably shouldn't), take a look at the Metrix Kits, They're designed for community networkers, and are packed full of wireless goodness.